DEVELOPING: A Mississippi deputy sheriff was among eight people shot and killed Saturday and a suspect in the murders is in custody.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings occurred at three separate homes Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes are in Brookhaven and one is in Bogue Chitto. The area is about 68 miles (109 kilometers) south of Jackson, the capital.
It was not clear whether the suspect knew his victims before allegedly killing them. None of the victims has been identified as of yet.
The suspect, Willie Cory Godbolt, was taken into custody following the shootings and reportedly was holding a 16-year-old hostage at the time. The teen was unharmed.